The Cowboys

  • 12
  • Mark Rydell (1972)
  • US
  • 128 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

John Wayne hires a group of schoolboys to help him on a cattle drive in this morose, awkwardly paced and overlong would-be epic western. In truth, this rite-of-passage saga just doesn't work, owing to a cumbersome structure and a rather nauseating pro-violence, revenge-is-good message. On the plus side, Bruce Dern and Slim Pickens are good to watch, and Roscoe Lee Browne and Colleen Dewhurst add thespian dignity. But the movie isn't worthy of Wayne, and is indicative of his lack of luck finding strong material following his Oscar for True Grit .

Plot Summary

Western starring John Wayne. When all his hands join a local gold rush, veteran rancher Wil Andersen hires a group of schoolboys to help him on a 400-mile cattle drive. But Andersen's decision angers an outlaw band whose help he has rejected.

Cast and crew

Cast

Wil Andersen
John Wayne
Jebediah Nightlinger
Roscoe Lee Browne
Long Hair
Bruce Dern
Kate
Colleen Dewhurst
Anse
Slim Pickens
Preacher
Lonny Chapman
Jenkins
Charles Tyner
Annie Andersen
Sarah Cunningham
Ellen Price
Allyn Ann McLerie
Cimarron
A Martinez
Slim Honeycutt
Robert Carradine
Charlie Schwartz
Stephen Hudis
Smiley
Matt Clark

Crew

Director
Mark Rydell

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Columbia-Warner Dists
Guidance: 
Edited for violence and language.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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